Sunday, May 3, 2009

Concoct a Cocktail @ Cortez Restaurant’s Cocktail College in SF

-as seen @ Vivanista April 04, 2009

Mixology is cooking too.

Take a trip to the TenderNob and attend a celebration session with Cortez Restaurant and Bar’s lead mixologist, Brandon Skaggs, located in the Hotel Adagio. Drink and mingle a little or a lot with fellow party pupils for a pre-class social, then attempt the tricks and techniques of cutting edge creative cocktails. Tips include edible garnishes, classic formulas and innovative new twists. These monthly events occur every third Thursday, and each monthly class is devoted to a particular spirit. This month it’s Grey Goose Vodka, next month Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark.

And, believe it: the roughly 1½ hour class is free (although drinks before and after are full bar prices), so it’s recommended to RSVP, but the word on the grapevine is that you could almost certainly just show up at the last minute too. You’ll try your hand and sample signature drinks, then let your own creativity flow while you invent new libations out of the master mixer’s collection of bottles, fresh ingredients and utensils.

Cortez was recently awarded kudos from SFWeekly and San Francisco Magazine for having simply the most fun cocktail menu around, with such enigmatic epithets as the Industry, the RV, and the Sommelier.

But Cortez also features Cellar Select Mondays, with half priced bottles from the wine cellar that will have you saying TGIM! Their top-notch Spring Menu is dubbed Dine About Town, and don’t miss the Chef Jenn Puccio’s Five Course Tasting Menu offered Sunday through Wednesday.

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